Agenda and minutes
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Election of Chairman
To elect a Chairman for the ensuing municipal year.
As apologies had been received from both the Chairman and Deputy Chairman, nominations were sought for a Chair for the meeting.
It was moved by Councillor N Smith, seconded by Councillor G Hoult and
Councillor A Woodman be appointed Chairman for the remainder of the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillors J Bridges, D Everitt, J Hoult, R Morris and A C Saffell.
Declaration of Interests
Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring disclosable interests you should made clear the nature of that interest and whether it is pecuniary or non-pecuniary.
There were no interests declared.
Public Question and Answer Session
To receive questions from members of the public under rule no.10 of the Council Procedure Rules.
There were no questions received.
To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 26 January 2022.
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 26 January 2022.
It was moved by Councillor N Smith, seconded by Councillor J Legrys and
The minutes of the meeting held on 26 January 2022 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
The report of the Head of Planning and Infrastructure
The Planning Policy and Land Charges Team Manager presented the report to members.
Members expressed concerns over the lack of detail and evidence within Hinckley and Bosworth’s Local Plan, and being a neighbouring authority, the significant impact it would have on North West Leicestershire, which had already taken its share of employment and distribution numbers. It was felt that Hinckley and Bosworth appeared to be relying on all the other authorities of the County to pick up their needs and they were not willing to co-operate, which was unfair and therefore, the recommendations set out in the report should be supported.
Following a question from a member, the Planning Policy and Land Charges Team Manager advised that there was a requirement for every authority to identify their needs for Gypsy and Traveller sites and make provision in their Local Plan accordingly. However, should an authority genuinely not be in a position to make any provision, evidence should be provided in the plan as to why there were unable to do so. He noted that at the present time there appeared to be no evidence detailed in Hinckley and Bosworth’s plan.
Members were advised that as Hinckley and Bosworth did not have an up to date plan they were losing appeals, and as such were putting forward a trigger policy to address the issue of any additional housing that may have to be met in Hinckley & Bosworth as a result of redistribution from Leicester City . This policy was required to ensure that if the current plan was approved that Hinckley & Bosworth had a clear commitment to address the unmet need issue, rather than ignoring it. That said, should an agreement be reached on the unmet housing need from Leicester after they had submitted their plan the Inspector may request that they address the issue earlier.
It was moved by Councillor J Legrys, seconded by Councillor R Boam and
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council be advised that this Council:
(I) Objects to Policy SS02 as being not effective for the reasons set out at paragraph 3.5 of the report;
(II) Objects to Policy SS02 as not being positively prepared and effective for the reasons set out at paragraph 3.7 of the report;
(III) Objects to Policy SS03 as not being effective for the reasons set out at paragraph 3.13 of the report;
(IV) Objects to Policy HO01 as not being justified for the reasons set out at paragraph 3.15 of the report;
(V) Objects to Policy HO07 as not being positively prepared, justified or effective for the reasons set out at paragraphs 3.19 - 3.21 of the report;
(VI) Welcomes and supports Policies NAT04 and NAT05
Before the Chairman closed the meeting, the Planning Policy and Land Charges Team Manager provided the committee with a brief update on the responses received following the closure of the consultation on North West Leicestershire’s Local Plan Review. He advised members that the authority had received 414 responses and of those, 232 were ... view the full minutes text for item 49.